Health Bent

Published December 1, 2011 by sweetcraftastrophe

It’s no longer about being skinny it’s about living ahealthy lifestyle through exercising, healthy eating habits and carefulplanning.  Sorry for not posting yesterday but I had a killer math test tostudy for! Anyways, “skinny” is totally out of season and healthy isthe new trend that’s here to stay! I’ve tried just about every fad dietpossible from green tea to the Hollywood diet and as some of you know they’rejust quick fixes.  Sure it’s great for a few weeks but what about afterwards?Sound familiar? It’s no fun being on a diet I mean the word itself is such adrag. 
 
The word itself makes you cringe atthe thought of it.

Don’t

Imagine

Eating

This

C’mon how inspiring is that? None whatsoever which is whythis isn’t a diet it’s your new journey into a healthy lifestyle. Of courseI’ll post some salad recipes but I’m not going to focus on that alone becausehealthy eating can be fun! It doesn’t need to consist of restricting yourselffrom your favorite foods as long as you learn to come up with substitutions andadjustments. Food is meant to be enjoyed! Sure you may love mayo but cutting itout of your daily routine can save you 99 calories! By substituting it formustard (just 11 calories) think how much happier you’ll be when all theselittle things play into the big picture – losing weight, living healthy andmost of all being happy!

Before we start the first step is to write everything down!That’s why I found some great printables for you. Thanks to Design Sponge I’ve made them available foryou here.

This actually works out perfectly because I am going groceryshopping today too so I will show how much fun planning your meals will be!

Ok so I actually didn’t follow one of my own shopping rulesand went while I was hungry! It’s actually NEVER a good idea! So I endedup buying some random things I probably didn’t need which is why you shouldmake sure that you are fueled up before heading out!

Anyways here’s a few recipes that I will be trying thisweek…

GET GOING BREAKFASTS!

1 cup Cheerios, 1/2 c. skim milk, 1 medium banana sliced

1 Vitatop muffin, Greek or lowfat yogurt {210 cals}

LUSCIOUS LUNCHES!

Crab and Avocado Salad

                                Per serving: Calories 314; Fat 14 g (Saturated 2 g); Cholesterol 73 mg;                              Sodium 552 mg;Carbohydrate 28 g; Fiber 8 g; Protein 22 g

Lean -o- panini

Calories: 264, Fat: 7g, Sodium: 898mg , Carbs: 31g
Fiber: 7g, Sugars: 6g, Protein: 21g

DASHING DINNERS!

Boca Fresca Burger

Calories 250, Total fat 7g, Sodium 550g, Sugar 5g, Carbs 29g, Protein 20g

Jerzday Ziti

230 Calories, 22g Protein, 45g Carbs, 5g Fat (serves 9)

Ingredients

   * 1 box Fiber Ziti or Penne Rigate
   * 15 Ounce container of Fat Free Ricotta Cheese
   * 2 Large Egg Whites
   * 4 Cups Non Fat Mozzarella Cheese
   * 1 teaspoon garlic powder
   * Salt/Pepper
   * 1 tsp Crushed red Pepper Flakes
   * Low Calorie Marinara Sauce
   * 3 Tbsp Grated Fat Free Parmesan Cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 Degrees
  2. Spray baking dish with Olive Oil or Pam
  3. Boil Pasta noodles
  4. In a mixing bowl mix ricotta, egg whites, and everything else but leave 1 cup of        mozzarella cheese.
  5. Spread 1 cup of Marinara sauce on the bottom of the dish
  6. Add 1/2 pasta  on top of marinara sauce in an even layer
  7. Add another cup of marinara sauce over first layer of pasta
  8. Add the remaining pasta over the second layer of sauce
  9. Add mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese over the second layer of pasta
  10. Cover the dis with Foil
  11. Bake approximately 20 minutes
  12. Remove the foil
  13. Bake for another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted

SNACK ATTACK!

Vanilla Wafers : 8 cookies, 140 cals, Total fat 6g, Carbs 21g, Sugar 11g

Frigo String Cheese – Light : 1 stick, 60 cals, Total fat 2.5 g, Carbs 0g, Protein 8g

Any type of fruit you love

Have a sweet day!

xoxo,

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